St. Louis Tryst Leads to Firing of ESPN Analyst Steve Phillips


Last week we noted how St. Louis is a terrible place for sports figures to launch affairs. Yesterday we saw our theory hold up when ESPN fired baseball analyst Steve Phillips.

Steve Phillips
  • Steve Phillips
The former GM for the New York Mets, Phillips had quickly risen through the ranks of the sports network sitting alongside Jon Miller and Joe Morgan on the network's Sunday night broadcasts.

But news that he engaged in an extra-marital affair with a fellow ESPN employee, caused the sports channel to dismiss him Sunday. Phillips and 22-year-old Brooke Hundley first consummated their relationships in a St. Louis hotel room the week of the All-Star Game.

Hundley -- in explicit detail -- wrote a letter to Phillips' wife describing the affair and later stalked Phillips and his family. In a statement yesterday, ESPN said:

"Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN. His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways."

This is not the first time Phillips has been caught dipping his quill in the company ink, so to speak. In 1998 he admitted having an affair with a Mets' employee during his time as general manager for the New York franchise.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.